Monday, February 9, 2015

LTUE 2015

I am excited to once again be apart of LTUE (Life, the Universe, and Everything a Sci-Fi and Fantasy Writer’s Conference).  This year they have some great panels and presentations schedules by some of the best in the business. For more information visit: Below is my personal schedule. If you can’t make it to these come by and see me anytime in the Dealer’s Room where I’ll be hanging out with my wife.

1 pm: Artist panel: Creating Backgrounds
4 pm: Building a Team: Writer/Artist/Colorist
6 pm: Space Travel without Warp Drive
7 pm: Fantasy for the Very Young

11 am: Artist Panel: Steampunk Art
2 pm: Folktale Retellings
4 pm: Artist panel: Scary Sketches: Making Monsters

2 pm: Self-Promotion through Podcasting
3 pm: Rigid vs. Loose Magic Systems

I will not be attending the Mass Author Signing but there is one Friday night at the hotel. If you are interested in getting my books I'll be selling them in the Dealer's Room. I'll also have prints available through the Art Show. Thanks for all your support and I hope to see you there!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Comic Con Fan X

I am always excited to go to conferences. I get even more excited when those conferences have people dressed as superheroes and nerdy fictional characters. Salt Lake Comic Con Fan Experience is this weekend and I'll be there as a special guest. I'm also chillin' at a table in Artist Alley Burgundy #15. Why not come check it out? For more info visit:

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Wishing on Baby Dust

Wishing on Baby Dust back cover blurb genre: LDS Women's Fiction Infertility stinks. No one knows that better than Megan. After six years of insanity-inducing hormone drugs and desperate prayers, all she has to show for her efforts are enough negative pregnancy tests to fill a bassinet. All around her women are accidentally getting pregnant—like her star piano student—while Megan remains hopelessly barren. Megan’s never felt so alone. But she’s not the only one ruggling. Christina has just entered the world of infertility, made worse by the fact her husband isn’t ready to be a father. Their marriage, already hanging in the balance, is being torn apart. Then there’s Kyra, the mother of a precocious three-year-old. She’s shocked to be struggling with secondary infertility. A baby is priceless, but sometimes Kyra feels like she’s being forced to choose which commandment to keep: stay out of debt, or multiply and replenish the earth. When Megan and Christina are assigned as Kyra’s visiting teachers, they all realize that what you see isn’t necessarily what’s beneath the surface. Some secrets aren’t worth the cost of keeping them.

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lindzeee & Neil's wedding 294 (2)Author Bio Lydia Winters decided in first grade that she’d grow up to be three things—a mom, a teacher, and a writer. She’s lucky enough to have accomplished all three tasks. Lydia received her bachelor’s in history education from Utah Valley University. Soon after leaving her teaching career behind, she became a mother to adorable twin boys, who guarantee her life is never dull. Lydia is married to the most supportive man in the world. He regularly takes care of the twins and cooks dinner so she can escape with her laptop to chase her dream of being a writer. When she has time for hobbies, Lydia is a reality TV junkie, loves to cross-stitch, and sometimes even finds time to play the piano. She eats way too much chocolate and wishes she liked things like running or yoga. website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Goodreads Author Page | Amazon Author Page

Saturday, December 27, 2014

The Gates of Atlantis SALE

We are excited to announce the amazing sale of THE GATES OF ATLANTIS COMPLETE COLLECTION on eBook. You can get this fantastic middle-grade series for just $0.99 (regularly $19.99). This sale price will available December 29th through January 12th. To help celebrate such a sale the Atlantis authors are giving away a Kindle to one lucky winner. 

Don’t forget to enter the GIVEAWAY at the bottom of this post!

Centuries ago the great city of Atlantis had to be hidden from humans. Now magically buried in the depths of the ocean, it is the source of all magic. All is well in the magical world…until the leaders of Atlantis listen to the whims of a mad man.

A group of teens set out on their own unique quests to fight for the world they love. They face dangers they didn’t know existed. As they battle their way through mysterious tunnels and secrets of the ancient world, they find themselves in a race against time. One by one, the mad man will shut down the Gates of Atlantis and destroy the magic. Can these unlikely heroes stop him before it’s too late?

Book 1: BANSHEE AT THE GATE, by Wendy Knight: Half-human, half-banshee Seven loves her life with her awesome brother Haran and her dad while delivering souls safely to death...until Death comes calling for Haran.

Book 2: GUARDIANS OF THE GATES, by Laura D. Bastian: Mermaid Talia wants to be a Guardian. Exander wants to leave Atlantis and explore the upper world. An accident at one of the gates gives them both their chance, but they also make a startling discovery—someone is destroying the gates.

Book 3: SECRETS OF THE MINE, by Juli Caldwell: Adam believes in myths and magic. Clancy doesn’t. Two normal kids’ lives change when they embark on the adventure of a lifetime on the back of a sea kelpie...if only they can get away from the strange creatures that are determined to stop them.

Book 4: MAGICIANS OF THE DEEP, by Jaclyn Weist: A trip to Ireland changes Colin’s life when a bite from a mysterious fish awakens unlimited knowledge and dormant magical powers. He knows exactly how to save a magical world, but can he get there before it’s too late?

Book 5: MADNESS BEHIND THE THRONE, by J.R. Simmons: Phoibos, bullied and taunted by other kids, believes something is wrong with Atlantis. His charm with the nobility and skill as warrior as he grows make him believe nothing will stop his quest to purge Atlantis from everything he finds impure.

Book 6: BATTLE FOR ACROPOLIS, by Mikey Brooks: Talon keeps getting in trouble. It’s not his fault things around him randomly burst into flame, but he’s not sticking around to find out what happens next. When foster sister Hattie encourages him to run, they make a break for it, only to find an unexpected destiny awaiting them in Atlantis. They just have to get there first. When they do, they find a lot of help. Characters from all the previous books appear to help fight Phoibos. These unlikely heroes risk it all to save the magic and fight for Atlantis.

Where to get the series on eBook:

One lucky winner will be selected to win a Kindle, 6" Glare-Free Touchscreen Display, Wi-Fi (Retail price of $79.99). A winner will be selected from those living within the continental United States. The winner will be announced January 13th and they will be notified via email to provide a valid mailing address. Good luck to all the entries and thank you for helping us share the news about this awesome series.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014


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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Holiday Sale

Holiday Sale!!

Did you know that on Amazon right now you can get the entire Dream Keeper Chronicles in paperback (all three books) for only $23.65 for Prime members? That’s crazy!

ALSO...all of my eBooks are just $0.99!!

The Dream Keeper (Book 1)

The Dreamstone (Book 2)

The Dream Makers (Book 3)

The Stone of Valhalla

The Gates of Atlantis: Battle for Acropolis

Thursday, December 4, 2014


About six months ago Literary Agent Jill Corcoran, whom I’d have been following for a couple years on Facebook and Twitter, invited me to join a wonderful Facebook group called: A Path to Publishing. I found the group to be very welcoming and insightful into all the different paths to publication. Then I saw Jill was offering a video series with Martha Alderson (A.K.A. The Plot Whisperer) entitled: PlotWriMo: REVISE YOUR NOVEL IN A MONTH. At first I ignored the video series, thinking to myself, I have a BS in Creative Writing, I have four books published, why, oh, why would I need this? It’s just a waste of money… I was SO wrong!!

It wasn’t until Jill and Martha were offering an “Online Pitch Class” that I really got involved. I was struggling with my query letter and needed help. As part of the Pitch Class I was to watch the video series as a type of prerequisite. I am not kidding when I tell you that I learned more in the time it took to watch those eight videos than I ever learned in my expensive classes at the University. Both Jill and Martha share the key ingredients that need to be present in a novel for it to work properly. They explain them in terms I could easily understand AND they gave terrific examples for each point they made. I came away feeling like I had just obtained a vast well of knowledge. And knowledge to me is the greatest treasure on Earth. 

My pitch class went brilliantly! Jill and Martha didn't just helped me write my query letter better, but they taught me HOW to write it. I came away feeling confident about that query and it proved successful in getting FOUR full requests of my manuscript in my first run of submissions. I am so very grateful to Jill for inviting me into this amazing group, and for her and Martha for taking the time to create this video series. You can tell in their genuine interactions with other writers that they do it because they care. You can see how compassionate they are about the craft of writing and those that wield its magic. 

This series of videos isn’t just for those struggling with their writing. This series is for ALL WRITERS—experienced and non-experienced. You will learn so much. If you “think” you know it all, like I did, you’ll be surprised. Everyone will come away from the series with knowledge that will benefit your writing in ways you always dreamed. Just try it out. You will not be disappointed.


Jill and Martha offer writers two video series with more in production:

1) PlotWriMo: Revise Your Novel in a Month

8 videos, 5.5 hours + 3- hands-on exercises

Congratulations! You have written a draft of a novel. You’ve accomplished what many writers merely talk about and dream of doing – you have written an entire story from beginning to end. When you finish celebrating, it is time to revise: to re-envision and rewrite what you’ve written into a novel that agents, editors and readers will devour. Writing a great plot involves craft and skill and know-how. Before you undertake a major rewrite, first consider your story from all angles with the help of step-by-step instruction and daily exercises. You know you’re ready to rewrite when you’ve checked all the essentials elements for creating an exciting story with compelling characters and a meaningful plot.

2) How to Write and Sell a Picture Book with a Plot

7 videos explain how to plot, write and sell picture books + provide exercises how to immediately integrate the concepts into your own unique story. Learn about all the different kinds of picture books, examples of character-driven and action-driven picture books, how to develop winning picture book concepts, what are the major turning points in every great picture book with a plot, writing, voice, character goals and motivation, how to revise, testing your theme and take-away, who to submit to and so much more…

Here’s How the Video Series Work

Each video includes an in-depth look at the specific elements promised and how to consider these essential story principles as you write, revise, rewrite, sell your story. Writing assignment(s) guide you with step-by-step instruction. Whether you decide to watch all the videos in a row and then go back and do the exercises or jump right in to the 1st video’s exercise, work at your own pace and take more or less time on the step-by-step exercises. The series are designed to fit into even the busiest of schedules. Sign-in and watch video lectures, complete homework assignments, and ask questions in a public forum on a timetable that fits your needs.

Shout Outs:

**The 1st draft you let yourself write any old way. Now revise your story from every angle

**Can't seem to #finish your #novel? Ready to give up? Before you do, revise!

**I’m finding the revision process FUN! Did I actually say that? Loving this process, thank you!

**Friends don't let friends ‪#revise alone

Let's introduce you to Jill and Martha now!!

Jill Corcoran bio
Jill Corcoran is the founder of Jill Corcoran Literary Agency and co-founder of A Path A Publishing

Martha Alderson bio

Martha Alderson, author of The Plot Whisperer: Secrets of Story Structure Any Writer Can Master, is known as “The Plot Whisperer” for the help she offers writers worldwide. She is the founder of PlotWriMo: Revise Your Novel in a Month and the award-winning blog The Plot Whisperer

These ladies not only brought us these amazing author tools, but also offer another service with 2 levels of Participation (Participants and Observers):

Office Hours
2nd Thursday of every month
9:30-11:30am Pacific

Active Participants and Observers

ACTIVE PARTICIPANTS: 8 authors each have 15 minutes to work with The Plot Whisperer Martha Alderson and Literary Agent Jill Corcoran on whatever you want help with. Read part of your manuscript, query, discuss energetic markers, concept, brainstorm plot, characters, etc and receive feedback you can immediately apply to your work. Active participants must watch either Plotwrimo: Revise Your Novel in a Month or How to Write & Sell a Picture Book Videos. This gives us a common language and baseline understanding of underlying plot and story concepts for better communication. Receive a critique of your First Pages, Query, Concept, or get help with your Characters, Where to Start your Story, Crisis, Climax, etc. It is your time...your choice

***OBSERVERS: 15 observer spots. As an observer, you do not participate/read your work, but listen and learn from others during these sessions.


Reviews of the series:

"The amount of time, heartache, frustration, 
and hell that these videos are saving me from is immeasurable."

"Don't wait until you have a first draft to get the video series. If you have an inkling of a concept, get the video series. The videos will show you how to define your energetic markers. You'll learn the difference between crisis and climax. The 8 videos constitute a 'top to toe' writing course. 
Jill Corcoran & Martha Alderson, thank you for giving me the opportunity 
to call myself a writer with pride." Dolly D Napal

"I have been writing, writing, writing, and reading about writing, but I knew I was still 
missing the mark. How I write and rewrite books will be forever changed for the better." 
Wendy McLeon MacKnight

"I felt overwhelmed with my latest revision. 
I feel like a weight has been lifted and I'm just on day one."

Last, but not least, these ladies offer a fantastic workship to help people actively learn from the

A Path to Publishing Workshops:

We often tailor-make an advanced workshop for writers who have watched the series to ask questions and receive feedback on your own individual story. A Path to Publishing Facebook Group

Everyone is welcome to join A Path to Publishing Facebook group created by Literary Agent Jill Corcoran and Plot Whisperer Martha Alderson as safe, smart, fun alcove for writers and illustrators to share and learn about the craft of writing and the book biz. This is NOT a place to sell your books but a wonderful forum for us all to advance our skills, our creativity, and our dreams plus learn about what Jill and Martha are up to at A PATH TO PUBLISHING.

Be sure to follow along and see what others are saying about these services and how they have helped them! Read individual reviews and more information about how this video series can help you!

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